Articles | Volume 20, issue 6
Research article
10 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 10 Jun 2016

Understanding groundwater – students' pre-conceptions and conceptual change by means of a theory-guided multimedia learning program

Ulrike Unterbruner, Sylke Hilberg, and Iris Schiffl

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Short summary
Studies show that young people have difficulties with correctly understanding groundwater. We designed a multimedia learning program about groundwater and tested its learning efficacy with pupils and teacher-training students. A novelty is the theory-guided designing of the program on the basis of hydrogeology and science education. The pupils and students greatly benefited from working through the multimedia learning program.